Our interior canoe routes can be accessed via the Trailhead at highway 637 or via our coastal water trail with access at Chikanishing Creek or Hartleys Bay at the French River.
Kaa-Gaa-Genhs Water Trail
Interior Canoe Routes
Coastal Water Trail
Explore the Kaa-Gaa-gehns Water Trail connecting to the park interior lakes or the coast of Georgian Bay to Phillip Edward Island, the French River and Killarney Provincial Parks. Begin your adventure at the Trailhead at Hwy 637 at the Park entrance and explore the interior of the Park connecting to the six interior lakes with single and group backcountry campsites. All backcountry trippers are greeted by our Trail Guardians who will go over your trip itinerary.
Tri-Lakes Canoe Routes (Interior)
Length: 1-2 days- Approx. 20km (roundtrip)
Access/Launch: Trailhead-Mahzenazing Lake
Begin your voyage at the Trailhead at highway 637 where trail guardians will assist by transporting your gear to the access at the Mahzenazing Lake. Paddlers can take in breath taking scenery as they navigate the Mahzenazing River to Wemtagoosh Falls (Frenchman Falls). A short portage at the Falls carries you into Cedar and Lyle Lake with access to the Tri-Lakes (Bejeau, Mcdougall and Misery) via one kilometre portage. Throughout the Tri-Lakes history is abound as old logging camps from the late 19th century can be spotted on the north side of the lakes. Single and Group Campsites available. Fishing is permitted under provincial regulations.
Phillip Edward Island Loop (Coastal)
Length: 1-7days- Approx. 75 Kilometers
Access/Launch: Trailhead Mahzenanzing Lake
Access the iconic Phillip Edward Island via the Trailhead at the Point Grondine Park. Begin your adventure by paddling through the Mazhenzaning River to Wemtagoosh Falls. A short portage at the falls will take you south to Lyle Lake making your way to Mill Lake via three hundred sixty (360m) meter portage. At Mill Lake paddlers can take the loop around Phillip Edward by going east to Beaverstone Lake where campsites are situated throughout the east coast of Point Grondine down to Georgian Bay. This multi day adventure will loop you back to the trail head entrance at the Point Grondine Park or shuttle can be arranged for pick up at the Chikinishing Creek access. Please note parking permits for Phillip Edward Island access can be purchased at the Trailhead on highway 637. Backcountry permits must be purchased for any sites within the Point Grondine Park boundary. Information on Crown Land Camping can be accessed by the Ministry of Natural Resource website.
Interior Canoe Routes
Coastal Water Trail
School Group Friendly.
Group Camping is available at select canoe and coastal water trail sites throughout the Interior of the Park and Georgian Bay. Group campsites can accommodate up to a maximum of 16 people and can be booked in advance.
BackCountry Camping Guidelines
- Absolutely no cans and bottles are permitted for all interior adventurers, including day users.
- Pets must be kept on a leash at all times
- Be bear wise and hang all food, garbage and other scented items (i.e. toothpaste) from a tree, or a rope between two trees, at least 13 feet off the ground and 4 feet from the nearest tree trunk. This will help to minimize surprise visitors!
- All drinking water must be purified via a rolling boil, purifying crystals, or a water filter.
- Use only designated washroom sites, if you are caught with your pants down and no privy, move 60 meters from shore, dig a 6” hole and use as little toilet paper as possible
- Do not dump garbage, sanitary products or food scraps into privies
- Interior camping is only permitted on designated sites, day paddlers and day hikers may not use interior sites for rest/lunch stops
- Please keep all sites clean and litter free, even if it’s not your garbage; pack it out! Try to pack out more than you pack in.
- Please use stoves for cooking as much as possible, if you must build a fire, use a designated fire pit and collect wood along your paddling route or well away from the campsite to avoid depletion. Ensure that fire is out before moving on.
- Go jump in the lake…but not with your soap! If you need to wash; lather up with a biodegradable soap at least 60 meters from the water and use a pot to rinse off.
- Excessive noise is not allowed at any time!
- Avoid damaging vegetation by staying on the trails. Please do not disturb or harass wildlife.